Anacona, Sutherland sign 2-year deals with Movistar

The pair will bolster the squad's lineup of climbers

Winner Anacona and Rory Sutherland have inked two-year contracts with Movistar beginning in January, the team announced early Monday.

Both riders will bolster the squad’s climbing abilities.

Anacona, who has ridden for Lampre-Merida since 2012, won a stage at the Vuelta a Espana last month, finished second in the Colombian road race championship, and took third overall in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. He nearly stole the Vuelta leader’s jersey in stage 9, coming just nine seconds short of wearing red the next day after his stage win.

The 26-year-old Anacona, who registered a 19th-place finish in the 2012 Vuelta, is also a strong time trialist.

Sutherland spent three years on Rabobank and six on UnitedHealthcare before joining Tinkoff-Saxo in 2013. He found success during his time with UnitedHealthcare in the form of several stage race wins and the 2011-2012 UCI America Tour title.

Sutherland, an all-around rider with decent climbing legs, earned four top-10 finishes in 2013 — sixth in the Klasika Primavera, ninth in the USA Pro Challenge and the Tour of Turkey, and 10th in the Circuit de la Sarthe. This season, he rode to fifth in the Grand Prix de Wallonie and rode for Australia in Sunday’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships.